Jesus is teaching to a large crowd.
“A farmer went out to plant seed. He threw some seed and some of it landed on the ground and the birds ate it. He threw some on rocky ground, and the plants died because they had no roots. He threw some into weeds, and the weeds killed them. And he threw some onto good ground and it grew up and bore fruit.”
Sounds like a pretty bad farmer.
The disciples say, “Why aren’t you teaching them normally? Why use parables?”
“You guys are in the in crowd, but they are on the outside. I’m trying to obscure the truth from them so they don’t get it.”
I thought they were supposed to be spreading their message, not hiding it.
“So the explanation is that the seed is the word of God. Some people have hard hearts and the devil takes the word away from them. Some people receive the word, but don’t have good roots, so they fall away during times of persecution and trials. Some people receive the word, but their hearts are divided and the love of the world chokes out the message. Some people have good hearts and the word grows and produces good works.”
“The kingdom of God is like a man who sowed a field, and his enemy came along and threw a bunch of weed seeds into the field too, so when the crops began to grow, he noticed the weeds. His slaves noticed too and wanted to pull up the weeds, but he stopped them and said, “Wait until harvest, so we don’t accidentally get rid of any of the good plants.”
“The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of seeds (it’s not), but then it grows up into a large tree and the birds of the air nest in its branches.”
“The kingdom of God is like yeast which a woman added to her bread dough.”
Disciples: What was that thing about the wheat and the weeds?
Jesus: “The field is the world. I’m the farmer. I sow good seeds. But the devil comes along and sows bad seed, and the two grow up together in the world. So at the end, I’ll gather all of the good seed together, but burn the bad seeds with fire.”
The kingdom of heaven is like hidden treasure, a costly pearl, and a dragnet full of good and bad fish.
Jesus goes back to his hometown and preaches there, but everyone is like “Yeah, this is Jesus. We know him. We know his family. Come on…” And Jesus gets offended and doesn’t do many miracles there.